How to Install a Personal Elevator

If you want to have your own personal elevator at home, you can reduce your costs by installing it yourself. However, you will have to ensure that your are complying with building laws and that you have the necessary skills and equipment for the construction. The personal elevator may be outside mounted so that there would be minimal changes to the current structure of your home if that makes sense for your particular installation.

The first thing to do when preparing to construct this personal hoist or elevator is to determine exactly how it will be used. This is to ensure that you really need it before you begin spending the money, time and effort for it. For example, if an elderly or physically challenged member of the household is capable of lifting himself or herself out of a wheelchair and onto a seat, then a stair lift, which is less costly, may be sufficient. And if there are no physically disabled or elderly members of the family and you simply want to use the personal elevator to help in lifting heavy objects to the upper floor, a dumbwaiter may be simpler and less expensive.

It is also vital to make sure that you can correctly interpret the diagrams that are found on the building plans. If not, it may be better to just contract the services of an expert builder because the installation of the elevator can be complicated and needs a certain degree of construction and engineering skill. If you are not sure that you have sufficient skills for the job, it would be advisable to obtain the services of a professional. The task of constructing home elevators is also very time consuming. Therefore, if you are quite busy, it may be prudent to leave this job to the expert builders.

However, when considering the costs that are involved in the installation of residential elevator, it may be helpful to realize that technological innovations have made the production of the different parts of these machines less expensive and more affordable. Moreover, the improved mobility that it provides to the physically challenged and elderly members of the household is priceless. Aside from this, the market value of your home will be greatly enhanced by the presence of the elevator. Adding an elevator to allow the expansion of the floor space through the addition of floors may also be more cost effective because increasing the home's footprint to attain the desired floor space may be more expensive.

You will then take pictures of your home, specifically the portion where you plan to install the personal elevator and then send copies to the different companies that produce materials and parts for self-install elevators. And when you have found a company that can provide you with the materials and parts, it is time to purchase the various tools that you will require to install the elevator, such as drills, Allen tools, wrenches and screwdrivers. You may then start to erect the structures for the elevator after the parts and materials have arrived.